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WHAT IS AIR QUALITY?
Have you ever been somewhere where theair smells unusual? Or heard someonespeak of the fresh country air? Why wouldthe air smell different from place to place?Is the air we breathe in Michigan the sameas the air they breathe in Hong Kong? Arethere different qualities of air? If all humansbreathe air then it must be important tobreathe clean air, right? These are all very interesting and important questions. Think about these questions as you read the fol-lowing article.November 29, 2001BY NICOLLE CHARBONNEAUHEALTH SCOUT NEWS SERVICE
Taken from Detroit Free Press
Study finds air pollution hurts lungs X rays show damage in otherwisehealthy kids
CHICAGO -- American researchers who found inflammation and irregularities in lung X-rays of school children in Mexico City believe they've found the culprit: air pollution. And they say the findings suggest otherwise healthy, middle-class children in part of that city face ahigher risk of lung disease.Lead investigator Dr. Lynn Fordham, chief of pediatric imaging at the University of NorthCarolina, said the findings, while preliminary, may be a wake-up call to parents and public-policy makers. Fordham will present the findings in Chicago today at the 87th Scientific Assembly andNational Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. The researchers enrolled 260 healthy Mexican children, none with asthma or other risk factors forrespiratory problems. "They ought to be healthy, and they ought to be normal, but they're not,"Fordham said.
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